We know that fried food is a bad dietary choice for humans, but how about for a pet dog? It’s a silly question really. Of course this type of unhealthy cooking method can, and will, be harmful for canines as well.
There was someone who reasoned that dogs are more active so they’ll just burn it off, avoiding any ill effects. That’s ridiculous. Others justify poor feeding habits, like feeding fried foods, by pointing out that your pooch won’t live that long anyway.
Allow your pet to thrive while on this planet! Even though you may have given your dog some fried food in the past, without incident, it doesn’t mean it’s okay to continue doing so. Make no mistake, such food choices are unhealthy for both people and their dogs.
Can I Give My Dog Fried Food? Answer: No
In fact, fried foods are even worse for dogs than they are for people.
Canines need a consistent and healthy diet that’s suited for their nutritional needs. We deal better with variety when it comes to food. So when you indulge in a deep fried meal, be strict and don’t give in to begging. Keep such unhealthy foods away from your best buddy. Some owners will toss their dogs french fries, or pieces of fried chicken, but it’s inappropriate and a bad feeding habit.
Smaller breeds are especially at risk when it comes to fried foods, but all dogs are prone to the consequences.
Fried Food & Pancreatitis
If you feed your dog too much animal fat or fried foods they could end up with pancreatitis, which is an inflammation of the pancreas. This can lead to other problems in their digestive system and really muck up what should be a very reliable process.
If you’ve been giving your dog fried food for some time and are just now learning of its dangers, you should know the signs of pancreatitis so you can get them help quickly, which includes a sudden bout of vomiting. You should take them into the vet immediately for further tests to see if this is the problem.
The Good, Bad, & Neutral
When it comes to feeding your dog there are generally three categories that foods fall into. Those that are good for your dog to eat, those that are bad, and those that don’t seem to have any effect. Our motto is only feed your dog foods from the good list, which includes their daily dog food, dog treats, and a few select other foods that are things their wild cousins eat today.
Of course you don’t want to give your dog foods from the bad list, and a startling number of owners will give their dogs food that isn’t necessarily bad for them but has no visible short term effects.
Fried food falls into the category of being bad for your dog, and therefore should be avoided. If your dog got into some fried food that you turned your back on, they’ll likely be fine, but you might notice that they have problems processing it and have a bout of diarrhea later. You might want to observe their behavior and be quick to let them out if they look like they’re having a tough time with it.
Fried Food is Foreign
Obviously dogs, in the wild, are raw meat eaters and would never get their paws on anything fried whatsoever. A good quality dog food will replicate what they need from an evolutionary standpoint. In fact, today’s domesticated breeds are quite used to eating their commercial chow. However, not all brands out there are created equally.
Conclusion on Fried Foods
Don’t give your dog any fried food. Instead, get them high quality formulated dog foods and then stick to it. This way you can be consistent and provide them with the nutrients they need each day. You’ll also be off-the-hook as far as wondering what else to give them.